Your employees rely on your business’s HVAC unit to maintain a comfortable working environment, and it can be extremely frustrating when your HVAC stops working properly. When an HVAC issue arises, productivity decreases, morale is lowered and your accounting team probably gets a bit nervous. In this blog, you’ll be able to identify the signs that can help you diagnose common HVAC problems and the impact they can make on your office environment.

Inconsistent Temperatures

When operating properly, your HVAC will be able to keep a consistent temperature without any drastic fluctuations. If you notice sudden rises and drops without any changes to the thermostat, it’s likely that there’s something wrong.

Strange Sounds

When working properly, your HVAC system should operate silently in the background. If there are strange sounds coming from your unit, specifically any sounds resembling knocking, growling, squealing, or rattling, there may be an issue in your HVAC unit.

Circuit Breaks

If your HVAC system is using so much power that it constantly trips the circuit breaker, it might be a sign of a bigger electrical problem. Call a professional HVAC repair company like React Mechanical to come to your home and diagnose your unit.

Strange Smells

If you notice a strange smell when you turn on your HVAC system, it could indicate that the unit has mold, duct issues, or even more serious problems such as a natural gas leak. If the smell resembles rotten eggs, then it is most likely a gas leak. Do not investigate the issue. Call the gas company and evacuate the building until the leak has been repaired.

Common HVAC Issues

Obstructed Condenser Unit

It’s common for condenser units to become blocked, but thankfully this is one issue you can fix by yourself. Air-cooled air conditioning systems have a condensing unit, typically located outside or in a mechanical room. Outdoor units especially can become obstructed due to leaves and debris that have accumulated around the unit. Even systems in mechanical rooms can be obstructed by other equipment or storage items. Your system can overheat when there’s not enough airflow to the air conditioning unit.

Blocked Vents

In office environments, it’s common for vents to become blocked. Many workplaces suffer from the age-old conflict of some employees being too hot and others too cold. To fix this, sometimes those cold employees will move an object like a desk or filing cabinet against the vent to prevent the cold air from reaching them. When this occurs, the vent is blocked and your HVAC airflow does not function properly.

Clogged Filters

Do you routinely change your air conditioner filters? That filter removes dust and debris from the air and keeps it out of your equipment and your ducts. When the filter gets overloaded and clogged, it obstructs your HVAC airflow, creates hot & cold spots and stuffy air in the office. Your AC filter should be changed according to the manufacturer’s instructions and your system usage to prevent these issues.

Blocked or Leaking Ducts

Dust that moves past your clogged filters typically ends up accumulating in the ductwork. This buildup of dust is made worse by narrow ductwork that’s too small for the capacity of your air conditioner, meaning they can become easily clogged. Furthermore, in older office buildings, rodents, birds or insects can sometimes build nests in HVAC ducts. The walls of the ductwork can also develop holes or cracks that end up leaking air.  

Avoid HVAC Issues with React Mechanical

All of these ductwork issues lead to reduced airflow for heating and air conditioning. The most effective way to increase airflow in ductwork is to have your air ducts inspected to see if a good cleaning can solve your problems.

At React Mechanical, we work hard to ensure that your HVAC systems are functioning properly and ready to work. We believe in providing exceptional service to keep your business running comfortably. To learn more about our HVAC services, call 718-392-3400 today!